Marcus C. Jaeger
Marcus C. Jaeger
A proud graduate of St. Patrick High School in Chicago and the Mortuary Science and Funeral Service program at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Marcus is the founder and owner of the Countryside Funeral Homes and Crematory. The title that he most prefers is Funeral Director, for that has been his life's work. Marc is the fifth generation of his family to serve others as a funeral director. The Jaeger family began modestly on Canal Street in Chicago in 1858. Today the family funeral home is located on Cicero Avenue, where it has stood since 1938, in the steady hands of brother Douglas.
After graduation, Marcus worked for his dad, Otto, at the family firm, along with assisting other Chicago area funeral homes as a fill-in funeral director. This gave Marcus a unique prospective of funeral service, working at many varied funeral homes. Working for other places also planted the seed in his mind of how he would run his own business. He saw that how the best firms (including his family's) treated others as you would want to be treated.
In 1989, his dream became reality with the opening of the first Countryside Funeral Home. Located conveniently off Barrington Road, this was a place that was comfortable, with a relaxed atmosphere, where the emphasis was not placed on the casket, but on the needs of the people. Surrounded by long established funeral firms, the reputation of Countryside grew rapidly.
Seeing a need in a neighboring town, Marcus built his second funeral home in Bartlett in 1995. Always looking ahead on how to better serve others, the building in Bartlett became one of the few funeral homes in the region to have an on-site crematory. For nearly twenty years this has provided peace of mind for those families that select cremation that few funeral homes can provide.
In September 2001, Marcus purchased the former Martin Funeral Home in Roselle from Houston, Texas based Service Corporation International, extensively reconstructing and remodeling the interior. In late 2014, the Roselle location is scheduled to undergo a complete exterior facelift along with an addition.
Seeing a need in the greater Elgin area, Marcus purchased a Victorian Gem of a property in South Elgin, just off the Fox River. From a ground up restoration, this 120 plus year old building is the most beautiful and clean funeral home in the area. Since 2009, Marcus has served the people of greater Elgin with the same emphasis on true service that Countryside has become known.
Marcus has served as the President of the Funeral Directors Services Association of Greater Chicago, President of the Streamwood Chamber of Commerce, President of the Bartlett Rotary Club (and a Paul Harris Fellow) along with numerous positions civically, fraternally and socially. Most importantly, he is the husband to Leeandra and proud father to Emmett and Quinn.
Mike is a 1989 graduate of the University of Iowa and a 1993 Graduate of Worsham College. After Worsham, he joined the staff of Countryside, serving as the senior funeral director. Mike lives in Bartlett with his wife, Deb (who also works part-time at the funeral home), and his 2 children.
"Phil" has worked at Countryside since 1995. She has been a licensed funeral director/ embalmer since her graduation from Worsham College. She is the past president of the DuPage County Funeral Directors Association. Phil is also a member of the Sons and Daughters of Italy in America and an enthusiastic volunteer at Boxer Rebound. She is in many ways the heart of Countryside with her dedication assisting families. She lives with her husband, Paul. They have one grown son.
Tim is also a graduate of Worsham College and has been a licensed funeral director/embalmer since 2001. He has been with Countryside since 2007. He belongs to the Roselle Lions Club. Tim lives in Hoffman Estates with his wife Colleen and their two daughters.
Ben has been a licensed funeral director since 2002 and joined the staff at Countryside in 2007. Ben is married and is the adoptive father of 2 children. Ben volunteers at the Anderson Animal Shelter and is a board member of the South Elgin Lions Club.
Tami is a 2010 graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science. After serving her apprenticeship at Countryside, Tami worked for a corporate company. It wasn't long before Marcus and the Countryside team realized how much they missed her professionalism and special skill set. She returned a short time later. As a Spanish speaker, she offers Hispanic families a level of comfort not found in other area funeral homes. She and her husband, Joe, live in South Elgin.
John joined the Countryside staff in 2013 after a storied career in funeral service. A lifelong resident of Itasca, John is a graduate of Lake Park High School and Worsham College of Mortuary Science. John had served in various roles for a corporately owned funeral organization (including funeral director, embalmer, location manager and general manager) and is pleased to be working for a family owned funeral home where he can now focus on serving others at the hardest time. John is the vice president of the Chicago Bulldog Club and a member of the Harley Owners Group.
Dennis has been a licensed funeral director since 1995 and serves Countryside in a variety of essential ways. Dennis is in charge of livery operations including 3 hearses, a limousine, and 4 transport/support vehicles. He volunteers at the Brookfield Zoo and the Treehouse Animal Shelter.
Judy is the office manager for our Bartlett location, where she has worked since 2000. A member of Living Lord Lutheran Church, Judy is active with the Bartlett High School Boosters. She lives in Bartlett with her husband Ludvig and their two children.
Carolyn joined the Countryside team in 2012 and serves in the office. She attended Roosevelt University in Chicago and has held various offices in sales and accounting positions throughout the area. She has been a hospice volunteer in the area. She lives locally with her husband Matt and their three daughters.
Laura has been with the Countryside family since 2005, first as a visitation attendant and now working in the office. She achieved her Social Work degree from Illinois State University. In the past she worked for the state of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, in several different positions and also served with a local Hospice organization. She is married to Jerry and they have four active children.